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Published December 31st 2012 - Aussies: we're a weird and wonderful bunch

An interesting question at that. Many locals and visitors to Australia alike will find some many quirky things about us that are incredibly weird, and yet can be so wonderful at the same time.

On that note, what is the most weird and wonderful thing about Australia?

Having spent most of my life living in Australia across the east coast, and having flown to every capital city at least twice and spending some time overseas, all one can say is that us Australians are a weird and funny bunch.

I love it when you're invited to a BBQ or a party and you are told to "bring a plate." For those of us who are living in Australia, we know this to equate to bring a plate of food. To bring a dish of something. Yet on the other hand to a visitor to Australia, or for someone who has just migrated to the land down under will equate this 'bring a plate' to doing just that, bringing an (empty) plate. Needless to say those types of visitors at such parties I have been invited to suddenly become embarrassed for 'bringing a plate.' There are other weird things going on in other countries, and the wonderful thing about this is that Australians love to party, and we know we are a friendly bunch. Now that's wonderful.

Okay then, "How's it going?". Any person living in the land down under knows this to imply "how are you?" and yes, its wonderful that we ask each other this after saying "hi" when meeting a friend, family member or someone new. No different to when American people ask you "what's up?". What is 'it' in our greeting? It's wonderful that we ask, yet for any visitor to Australia, they can find it weird that we ask "How's it going?" when (deep down) all we're really interested in hearing is "good." Wonderful, yet something we have been programmed to hear.

Also we say to each other "we're just watching the footy" yet with the "footy" in Australia there are four different sports that qualify as such. The AFL, the NRL, rugby union and soccer. Point taken.

Also what I have found fascinating having come from Britain initially is the The Queen is their national icon, yet in England the Queen's Birthday is not declared as a day off in the UK, yet in Australia it is. It's weird that the Brits don't celebrate it, yet us Aussies do? Weird, yet wonderful for us as we get another day off, no different to all of us trying to get the Melbourne Cup off when Melburnians get this day off by default.

Other weird and wonderful things about us Australians is that we get all dressed up and fancy for the races only to drunkenly scream at taxi's flocking past at the end of the races. See, weird and wonderful.

Oh and I have so nailed it here - many Australians complain that its too expensive to holiday in our own backyard. If we live on the east coast, we can't tell you what Western Australia or Adelaide is like, however we can tell you what Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, India, America, London, Singapore and Hong Kong is like. Even for many fellow Sydneysiders, we can't even tell you what our nations capital is like. We get to know the US Dollar more than our own.

What do you think is the most weird and wonderful thing about us? Looking forward to seeing what you have to say about our quirky, yet fascinating land down under.
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why do we get a holiday for the Queen's birthday?

Because we're Ozzies and we deserve a long weekend.

weird? why is it in june? (unless you from quensland when it's in october. or from WA in which case it's in september. or october. and they still take the long weekend in june. juswt not the same long weekend as everyone else).

and why is this weird? because our Lizzie was born in april.

and republicans want to oust the monarchy, but still keep the queen's brithday holiday.
by Jumbu (score: 0|6) 2113 days ago
I just thought of a weird thing about Australia. You have penguins!
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12050) 2107 days ago
The thing about the plates is funny. I'm a Brit and would have found it weird if I was told to bring a plate to a barbecue.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12050) 2107 days ago
another weird and wonderful thing about Australia is to be asked to put the cold food "on the fridge"
what that means is put it in the fridge this is mainly a Queensland saying
by donna (score: 0|2) 2113 days ago
The freedom, weather, nature, the wealth and the weird thing is that we take this for advantage. we are in the best country in the world.
by rober (score: 0|2) 2113 days ago
Coming from the UK, I was fascinated when I first arrived at the way Aussies abbreviate Christian names - took me a while to realise that Davo and Bazza weren't someone's actual names!
by Brum (score: 1|21) 2113 days ago
that queenslanders use the word Smoko for a morning break, or possibly the afternoon one too. Not so silly in the days when people smoked and in the workplace, but I ahve seen it and heard the word used on TV for all sorts of places including schools, Mayoral dignities morning teas, with a big sign, saying Smoko 10.30 in the conference room. Very quirky. Would like to know if it more widespread than Qld, definitely not in NSW I believe.
by lcorn (score: 0|8) 2111 days ago
I love the attitude of australians toward food and dieting!
They very seriously ask for a diet drink when the rest of the meal can be anything! Heaps of chips with huge steaks, followed by desert like cake with cream and icecream and all that in plates that could feed four with a bit of restraint!!
Since a lot of australians live very long life, it could be the right attitude...
by brigi (score: 0|2) 2056 days ago

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